There’s Something Very Special About This Leica 50mm F1.4 Lens

For more stories like this, please subscribe to The Phoblographer.

For my fellow Leica lovers here, if you know, you know. But for the rest of us, you might not realize why this Leica 50mm f1.4 lens is just so special. I could do a very sales-y thing by telling you all Leica lenses are special. But that wouldn’t help anyone, and this site doesn’t do things like that. Right now, the Rare Camera store has a silver Leica 50mm f1.4 lens sitting all by its lonesome. And if you’re sick of modern lenses being too sharp and clinical, then you’re going to want to really pay attention to this one.

Continue reading…

This Beautiful Nikon F in Slate Grey Will Capture Your Heart

For more stories like this, please subscribe to The Phoblographer.

Considering how much hype there is around the Nikon ZFc, anyone who owns a Nikon F is probably really treasuring it right now. Most Nikon F cameras come in the standard silver or black. But every now and again, you can find one in a rare color. That’s what we have today at the Rare Camera Store. This Nikon F comes in Slate Gray and was powder coated after purchase. It’s incredibly unique, stunning to look at, and more than happy to shoot a roll of Tri-X. Yes, cameras can be happy! 😉

Continue reading…

This Nikonos RS is The Dream of Many Film Photographers

For more stories like this, please subscribe to the Phoblographer.

The underwater photography community hasn’t had a lot of cameras specifically designed for it. Those that exist don’t really excite many photographers. But one camera that has always excited them is the Nikon Nikonos. This underwater camera was fully water-sealed and designed to handle the toughest conditions. Nikon tried to recreate it digitally years ago, but it never really took off. However, the Rare Camera Store has a pretty awesome Nikonos RS right now. But this is an exceptional package. You’re not only getting a camera. But you’re getting lenses and two flashes with it.

Continue reading…

Behold This Authentic Reproduction of One of the First Leica Cameras

For more stories like this, please subscribe to the Phoblographer.

Everyone loves talking about how expensive Leica cameras are. But did you know that Leica model 0 is one of the most expensive out there? In fact, it was said to be the most expensive camera sold at one point. That original camera was sold for over $2 million. However, we’ve partnered with Blue Moon Camera to bring you a reproduction that’s far, far less expensive. In fact, it comes with a letter of authenticity from Leica Camera. What’s more, it actually works. 

Continue reading…

The Nikon Df Was One of Their Most Perfect Cameras

I truly hope the Nikon Df returns one day as a mirrorless camera variant.

Step back in time to the last moment you felt your heart beating from excitement. That’s the feeling the Nikon Df is bound to give you. We’re a website that champions the future, but we also adore the past. And the Nikon Df was and still is one of the perfect bridges. It was a DSLR meant to get retro. Created back when everyone was trying to go retro, Nikon paid homage to their past. If you’ve ever held a Nikon F camera, you’ll know what I’m talking about. Ergonomically speaking, that camera is the one that everything else pretty much drew from. It was built incredibly solid, and it was always reliable. That DNA stuck with Nikon, and that’s why the Nikon Df can still be had today. And in a time where we’re staring at screens all day and night, the Nikon Df is a refreshing change.

Continue reading…

This Fujifilm 24mm f1.9 Natura For Leica M is Incredibly Rare

This Fujifilm 24mm f1.9 Natura was removed from the camera and rehoused in Leica M mount.

You could say this is a one-of-a-kind, and you’d be totally right! The lens in the Fujifilm Natura S is legendary. We’ve even featured photographers who’ve used and loved the camera. Besides the great metering, the small size and the fun colors, the main appeal is the lens. At the heart of the small point and shoot is a Fujifilm 24mm f1.9. This is the smallest variant of the lens perhaps ever made. That’s what makes this very rare eBay find every more fascinating. 

Continue reading…

Why the Mamiya 6 Is the Best Medium Format Camera You Can Get

The Mamiya 6 is a fantastic camera for all the right reasons!

I’ve owned a large variety of cameras. And for a long time, lots of companies made great ones. Some swear by the Mamiya RB67. Others adore their Pentax 67. And there are cults around Hasselblad’s cameras. But after using them all, I only stuck with one. The Mamiya 6 is hands down the best medium format camera you can still get today. And there are lots of great reasons for that.

Continue reading…

This Hexar AF Has a Rare Mod That’s Perfect for Portraiture

The old Hexar AF is a wonderful camera in so many ways, but this one is just a bit extra special.

The Hexar AF is one of our favorite film point and shoots of all time. It was designed for street photography from the ground up. There’s a lot to love, from the stealthy film advance to the 35mm f2 lens attached. For years, no point-and-shoot camera has ever really come close to being like it. Some may argue that the Sony RX1 Mk II is close, but not the same. For what it’s worth, you should know that prices on the Hexar AF have come down. And if you just want the Konica 35mm f2 Lens in M mount, that’s available too. However, we found one is a bit extra special. 

Continue reading…

This Purple Leica M6 is Hypnotizing Us With Its Good Looks

The Leica M6 is already quite in high demand, but this purple variant takes it over the top.

The Leica M6 is probably one of the most famous cameras the company ever made. Heck, Leica even commissioned us to create a post about some of the best lenses for it. It’s quite honestly the perfect Leica film camera in so many ways. It’s got a lot of features that make it within reach of anyone who picks it up. But anytime you give it a facelift, you’re bound to drive the hype up. So we found this Purple Leica M6. Suddenly, I could’ve sworn that the Kool-aid guy crashed through my wall filled with purple Kool-Aid. He screamed “Oh yeah!” at me. But then I realized that none of that happened. Instead, I was listening to the sound of my own beating heart.

Continue reading…

Adapt One of the Sharpest Contax Lenses to Your Camera

The Contax 90mm f2.8 is no slouch at all.

Lenses made for the Contax G series cameras are legendary. Zeiss did a fantastic job with them. When you combine that with the Leica M mount, you get what I’d like to call a unicorn lens. With today’s mirrorless cameras, the Leica M mount is one of the most versatile on the market. For that reason, we’re showcasing this beautiful Contax 90mm f2.8 lens. Made for the Contax G mount, it was converted to Leica M mount. What we can’t totally tell is if it’s rangefinder coupled. But the work was done by MS-Optics, who does a fantastic job. And if it isn’t coupled, then it’s fine for any other system still!

Continue reading…

Behold One of the Most Beautiful Fujifilm Cameras You’ve Ever Seen

The Fujifilm TX-1 in Champagne is incredibly gorgeous, and it’s hard to not want one.

To this day, I still think a panoramic digital camera could be a game-changing device. With that said, many of you have probably heard of the Hasselblad XPan. It’s a panoramic 35mm film camera that’s a thing of beauty. However, the lesser-known variant is the Fujifilm TX-1. If you weren’t aware, the XPan and the TX-1 are very similar cameras. The whole thing was a joint project done between the two manufacturers. Hasselblad has been known to do this for years. They’ve done it with Motorolla, DJI, Sony, etc. But in this one case, they created something truly unique. In fact, the Hasselblad XPan is an incredibly lusted for camera. But the Fujifilm TX-1 isn’t spoken of nearly enough. But we found a truly gorgeous one.

Continue reading…

This Nikon F3 Was Made for NASA and Actually Went to Space

You can get your hands on this rare Nikon F3 that’s surely a piece of history.

It’s sporadic that something like this actually appears. But when it does, it’s truly exciting. What we have here is an incredibly rare Nikon F3. Specifically, this is a variant of the Nikon F3 that was made for NASA. However, there’s a special cherry to top this wonderful sundae off. In fact, there’s evidence that this specific Nikon F3 went to space.

Continue reading…

The Story of the Rare $10,000 Golden Pentax LX Camera

The Pentax LX was a really cool camera, and it comes in gold!

We try to find really, really cool things here on The Phoblographer. Our Vintage series is all about that. And the latest search bore quite a bit of fruit. At the same time, it’s also the ultimate paradox. We can all agree that this is a camera you’d never want to bring outside with you. Instead, it would stay in a safe or under some thick glass. But if you know anything about the Pentax LX, you’d wonder why they did this. Another part of your brain might lust for it.

Continue reading…

Hurry! The World’s Most Expensive Point and Shoot Is Under $1,000

With a bit of searching, you’ll snag a Contax T2 for under $1,000 right now.

The Contax T2 is, without a doubt, the most expensive point and shoot camera on the market. Depending on the cultural times, it shares that spot with the Contax T3. And right now, it’s possible to snag one at a price you can afford. Made famous by a bunch of celebrities and photographers both, the camera is a rarity. To this day, I’m still perplexed by why Zeiss didn’t reissue this camera.

Continue reading…

This Modified Fujifilm Instax SQ6 Is Exactly What You Want

My eyes widened with disbelief when I was this Fujifilm Instax SQ6.

I think we can agree that the cool thing about vintage camera lust is the thrill of the hunt. You’re on the lookout for something cool and unique that no one else has. When you find it, you’re thrilled. And that’s the case right now with this unique Modified Fujifilm Instax SQ6. It’s available on eBay for the bargain price of only around $450. Most importantly, it does what so many of us want: manual exposure with an Instax camera using good glass!

Continue reading…

This Leica 35MM Summilux-M F1.4 AA Used to be $750,000

We’re streaming daily on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Pocket Casts, and Spotify!

You’d think that someone would want to purchase this super rare Leica lens, right? Well, at this point, it probably belongs in a museum. It checks off all the wishes of Leica lovers too. A 35mm f1.4? Check! Brass? Check! The rare silver color? Check! And it’s a rare prototype? Checkmate!

Continue reading…

You Need This Stunning Gray Leica M4 with Patina in Your Life

The Leica M4 in gray is cool enough but look at those gorgeous brass patina accents.

Gray cameras have always been positively stunning to me. And this Leica M4 is no exception. That camera is already experiencing a price boost because of its reliability. But this is just the cherry on top. Before writing this post, we did some research to see if this is a rare special edition. The only rare versions of the Leica M4 were in Olive green and made for the German military. And so this camera is a one of a kind, custom build. With that said, it’s positively stunning.

Continue reading…

A Reputable Source is Selling a Rare $11,955 WeeGee Print

Legendary photographer Weegee has a special print available that he probably worked on himself.

We understand that cameras themselves are cool. But so too is what photographers make with them. And a pretty fascinating print from Weegee has appeared on eBay. The photo seems to be a print from his distortions series. We reported on a similar print he did of Marilyn Monroe a little while back. From what it seems, this could be one of the rare prints that WeeGee made himself.

Continue reading…

Sammy Davis Jr’s Camera Is for Sale on eBay

Follow along with this article by clicking on the Listen to This Article button. Give it a try!

I’d like to imagine that this is probably the camera that shot Marilyn Monroe, Martin Luther King Jr., and John F. Kennedy. But that’s not the case. For under $400, you can own a piece of history, though. This is Sammy Davis Jr’s camera, and you get the authentication papers to prove it. The camera comes from an estate sale and is now being sold on eBay. The camera comes from a very pivotal time in American history.

Continue reading…

The Story of the Extremely Rare Pink Olympus XA-2

Follow along with this article by clicking on the Listen to This Article button. Give it a try!

The Olympus XA-2 is totally an object of lust for so many photographers. Like the Lomography LC-A series, they’re compact and capable. But the cool factor goes through the roof when we find them in pink. And that’s just what we’ve found. The Olympus XA-2 is popular with film enthusiasts and street photographers both. With its sliding mechanism to protect the lens, it’s designed to be put in your pocket. It’s also designed to be used with a wrist strap. But you can get a sling strap mounted into the tripod socket.

Continue reading…

This Cool Looking Pistol Is Actually a Working Vintage Camera

The Doryu 2-16 Flash Camera Pistol Subminiature Camera is an incredibly curious piece of vintage photo history.

For our vintage series, I do a lot of hunting for particular cameras. And when I saw this Doryu 2-16, I gasped. One could say that this is the perfect clickbait. Others might find it genuinely fascinating. Both guns and cameras can shoot. Some folks have an affinity for both–like photographer Dewey Keithly whom with we’ve previously spoken. The camera can be a far more dangerous weapon. But more than likely, it’s taking pictures of whatever tantalizes us. This Doryu 2-16 listing on eBay is one of the rarer types of fusions.

Continue reading…